Variety is the Spice of Life! Go and See Pettit! Philadelphia: U.S. Steam-Power Job Print, 1864.
The forte of the printer of this playbill was theatrical advertising. Much of what they produced were large-scale playbills and broadsides that employed all the eye-catching elements one would expect on such pieces – illustrations, ornamentation, and a variety of typefaces and sizes. With this experience, show printers were well-equipped to produce the masses of recruiting broadsides that would paper the city streets during the Civil War. The Library Company holds more than five hundred pieces printed by this firm during the war. Broadsides calling “To arms! To arms!” in defense of the Union were being printed alongside others calling “Fun! Fun!! Fun!!!” in praise of the latest minstrel show.